"This is a delightful and timely book as it parlays new concepts in evolutionary genetic psychology into a practical - and wonderfully readable - guide to psychotherapy" - Daniel R. Wilson, Creighton University, USA
"Genes on the Couch... clearly articulates the benefits of using an evolutionary psychotherapy approach. The cohesive chapters successfully present evidence that viewing a behavior from the perspective that it is adaptive, rather than abnormal, and has now become maladaptive, may help psychotherapists gain greater understanding over psychopathologies, as well as produce more successful methods of treatment." - IJEMH, Vol. 12, No. 4, 2010
Genes on the Couch brings together respected clinicians who have integrated evolutionary insights into their case conceptualisations and therapeutic interventions. Various psychotherapy schools are represented, and each author provides illustrative examples of the interventions used. Specific topics addressed include the nature of evolved mental mechanisms; regulation/dysregulation of internal processes; attachment and kinship in therapy; the importance of internalising warmth as a therapeutic goal; kin selection and incest avoidance; co-operation and deception in social relations; difficulties in working with certain male clients; gender differences in therapy and the roles of shame and guilt in treatment.
Providing up-to-date summaries of recent thinking in this increasing important but diverse area, Genes on the Couch will be of interest to psychotherapists, psychiatrists and a wide range of mental health professionals.